When you use the Pokemon Home storage/Pokemon transfer system for the first time, you'll meet a new species of Oak calling himself "Grand Oak." Grand Oak's futuristic shades, smartwatch, and rolled-up labcoat sleeves give him a "How do you do, fellow kids?" vibe, but he's also carrying a lush head of silver hair despite his age, so I guess he's the one laughing at the end of the day.
I suppose we should've foreseen some kind of Oak presence in Pokemon Home. Seems the Oak bloodline is more fecund than Nurse Joy's or Officer Jenny's. Like his kin, Grand Oak is determined to collect data on every Pokemon known to humankind—and he's content to let you do the heavy lifting while he shacks up with Ash's mom or whatever. He's a smart fox, that Grand Oak. A smart silver fox.
Twitter's meme-making engines started spinning like a Hitmontop as soon as Grand Oak made Pokemon fans' acquaintance yesterday evening. For starters, the grizzled Pokemon Professor's introduction has prompted a surge in the old Vinesauce "GRAND DAD?" meme, wherein YouTuber Joel bellows in confusion and disgust over a bootlegged Super Mario game.
GRAND OAK. FLEENTSTONES?! Ohhhhh GRAND OAK GRAND OAK?? WHAT THE FUCK. GRAND OAK? GRAND OAK???...WHAT THE SHIT?! Grand...Oak...Ohhhhh...Grand Oak. The Grandest of Oaks. https://t.co/H0urbVRdiR— Stark Maximum (@StarkMaximum) February 12, 2020
Grand Oak's resemblance to Dragon Ball Z's Grand Kai hasn't gone unnoticed, either.
Deadlock: Grand Oak Vs. Grand Kai pic.twitter.com/hA7vCHwick— Game Theory Rejects (@GameTheoryRejct) February 12, 2020
No memes are allowed to happen without at least one reference to Back to the Future, of course. You know the law. Break it at your own peril.
Grand Oak seems cool. pic.twitter.com/QdPKo7aM3h— Mercury Crusader (@MercuryCrusader) February 12, 2020
No one would accuse Grand Oak of being hip, but we appreciate that he tries.
Oh no...its cousin Grand Oak... pic.twitter.com/MC7fV4O11M— Chris (@thegreyzen) February 12, 2020
Pardon, I might stand corrected on that last one. I could totally see Grand Oak putting on some Floyd and asking you if you wanted to do some Morelull with him.
this isn't "how do you do, fellow kids?' boomer Oak. This is "hey kids, the war is bullshit. want some shrooms?" hippie Grand Oak. You think some boomer would have hair or glasses like that? Fuck no. Grand Oak doesn't give a shit what you think. https://t.co/bUQMqzgai6— hacker-witch fox (@pandoras_foxo) February 12, 2020
If you're unsure of Grand Oak's capabilities as a professor and an instructor, we have a guide that explains how to use Pokemon Home. Or if you're just starting out on your Galarian Pokemon journey for the first time, we have a Pokemon type chart that will help you slay all your PokeFoes quickly and efficiently.Thanks to GameXplain for the banner image.